A Marijuana Policy Riddled With Holes




Already we have health officials concerned about the effects of legalization of marijuana and it’s not even legalized yet.

Not a good sign.

It’s hard to imagine how the Trudeau government came to the conclusion that legitimizing pot use would be an improvement to society.

The last thing Canada needs at present in another intoxicant having seen the carnage that alcohol has brought with it … addiction, ruined lives, liver damage, death and injuries on the roads. Most people treat alcohol responsibly yet the few who don’t have killed many of the responsible on the road. Very sad.

So now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decided that alcohol needs marijuana as a compatriot in intoxication. One is hard-pressed to see the benefit … except maybe to win a few votes and appear progressive and cool.

Photo above: Legalization of marijuana has split society.

At least alcohol can be successfully measured as an impairment to driving. Pot cannot and how long will it be before smart lawyers will be able to use this fact as a way to get their high drivers off. Enforcement of pot intoxication on the road looks like a mass of court cases and appeals.

Legalization has mountains of hypocrisy not the least of which is that people might grow only four plants in the backyard, at least in the minds of those behind the recent federal task force, while thousands brew litres of beer and wine in stores built for that purpose.

The real reason people want marijuana legalized is so they can get high without being arrested. But that law against marijuana, broken frequently, keeps some people away from pot which health officials will tell you is a good thing. Now health campaigns are being formulated to encourage people away from pot. They will be about as successful as alcohol and health campaigns.

The logic behind this move is not sound. The holes in reason are large. And given the outrage in a community when a pot shop opens nearby shows a society divided on legalization. It’s risky enacting laws that don’t have widespread approval. That undermines respect for the law and ultimately undermines the rule of law.

The rule of law is the very thin veneer of civilization.

The cool think being against pot legalization is uncool. Tell that to the mothers who are angry about their children passing illegal pot shops now. Just wait for legalization. Wait for more pot shops.

The marijuana ban should be lifted when logic says it’s the right thing to do. That argument has yet to be made but still we go forward with this badly flawed policy.



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3 thoughts on “A Marijuana Policy Riddled With Holes

  1. Booze and cigarettes are controlled, so ‘pot shops’ make absolutely no sense to me.
    I am in favour of medical use with a doctors’ prescription. The proposed system makes me think it is a money grab because it is certainly not a positive for health.
    What is the CMA position?

  2. I recently heard a guy going on about the potential for his child (I think 5 or 6 years old) walking to school past one of the pot shops in our fair city. This is the same father who, out on a Saturday running errands, takes the same child with him to the LCBO and the Beer Store. That child gets to stay up and watch sports with Dad but it’s the other parent who deals with bedtime and breakfast the next morning because Dad’s blotto.
    I know the booze is legal and the pot is, at the moment, not but there’s a certain level of hypocrisy in that. Dad, by the way, started drinking when he was around 15 so the concept of ‘law-breaking’ isn’t foreign to him.

  3. One has to but look to who was the proponent for legalization in the federal election. Son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Justin. Dad was a hippy-era lad who flouted society in an era when it was cool to do so and Justin is still following dad.

    This change to the laws of common sense does not make any sense except as a money and vote grab. Some of those votes will be lost to opponents of legalization. This is a time when an open vote in the House should be mandatory as should any change in fundamental law


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